Copeland Mayor Calls on Miliband to Debate Him Over Coal Mine

The elected mayor of Copeland has called out Ed Miliband’s opposition to a new coal mine up in Cumbria, and invited him to debate the issue up in his home town that would actually enjoy the new jobs and improved livelihoods – away from Miliband’s North London metropolitan comrades. Independent Mayor Mike Starkie wrote to Miliband in the dying days of 2022, calling on him to visit the area and give him the opportunity to “articulate your views and that of your party” in front of Copeland residents.

“My unequivocal support for the mine remains and I look forward to the substantial number of modern jobs being created and, the millions of pounds of direct and indirect investment into Copeland.

“I am aware of Labour’s position regarding the mine, and I am also very aware that you have stated that a Labour government would seek to ensure the mine does not open and will instead deliver new green jobs that people in Cumbria deserve.

“I understand that you are planning to visit the area in the near future and would ask if you would consider joining me for a debate, attended exclusively by Copeland residents, to discuss our differing opinions. This would be a chance for you to articulate your views and that of your party. 

“I will also set out why I am an avid supporter of the mine, and the many benefits it will bring to Copeland, Cumbria, and the UK.”

Will Miliband take up the offer? Guido’s only too happy to flag Miliband’s constant mining flip-flopping ahead of Mayor Starkie’s debate prep…

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Ed Miliband’s New Carbon Demand Assures His Place In The Climate Pantheon

Have MPs got smaller or has Ed Miliband got bigger? Has he grown into his boots? Has he outgrown them?

He has, over the years, been such a resource for satirists, humorists and associated noodles that it’s easy to forget he has had more effect than any Labour politician in living memory. And not just because of his £2 membership drive that put the Labour party into special measures for five years. What other contenders are there? It’s true that Tony Blair’s war in Iraq had a widespread effect on the prospects of hundreds of thousands in the Middle East – but that will be insignificant against the leadership Ed displayed with his Climate Change Act.

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Starmer Caught Offside With Qatar Boycott

Once again Keir Starmer’s Labour party are saying one thing and doing the opposite.

Whilst Sir Keir has enforced a shadow cabinet boycott of the Qatar World Cup, citing human rights abuses against workers and LGBT people, his top team have accepted thousands of pounds in trips to similarly egregious destinations. Since 2016, they amount to around £60,000…

Amongst the worst offenders are Ed Miliband, who received a hamper worth £2,500 from the Sultan of Brunei – the absolute monarch of a country where sexual relations between men are punishable by death. Miliband says he gave it to charity…

Rosena Allin-Khan diversified her sources of ignoble freebies, raking in over £7,500 from Poland, Bangladesh, Jordan and Qatar. Jon Ashworth and Ian Murray have also each made trips to the World Cup host since 2016. Guido wonders what has changed in Qatar to relegate it from a favourite destination of the shadow cabinet between 2016 and 2021 to utterly unconscionable now…

For the interest of co-conspirators, a more comprehensive list of MP’s travel sponsors is as follows:

  • Angela Rayner: £7,500 (Pakistan)
  • Shabana Mahmood: £2,515 (China and Bangladesh)
  • Bridget Phillipson: £1,070 (Bangladesh)
  • Jonathan Ashworth: £9,050 (Qatar and Bangladesh)
  • Rosena Allin-Khan: £7,624 (Qatar, Poland, Bangladesh and Jordan)
  • Ed Miliband: £7,270 (China and donation from Brunei)
  • Steve Reed: £4,800 (Iraq and Bangladesh)
  • Wes Streeting: £3,042 (China)
  • Lucy Powell: £3,500 (UAE)
  • Preet Kaur Gill: £2,405 (Uganda)
  • Ian Murray: £7,603 (Qatar)
  • Peter Kyle: £2,677 (China)
  • Emily Thornberry: £960 (Bangladesh)

Perhaps the hypocrisy of Sir Keir’s virtue-signalling boycott is why he’s been unable to convince Mark Drakeford to follow suit…

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Miliband Comes A COP-er Over Climate Summit Hypocrisy

Labour is furious – absolutely incandescent –over Rishi Sunak’s announcement that he’s not going to next month’s COP27 summit in Egypt during his second week in office, and while getting to grips with a financial crisis.

Having the PM fly to Sharm El-Sheikh, a flight that would emit 3.35 tonnes of carbon, is clearly the only thing standing between Britain and environmental armageddon. On Sky News yesterday afternoon, Miliband said Rishi not going is “abdicating leadership” and a “big mistake”.

Reminder that when we hosted it last year, and Boris did go, it resulted in Alok Sharma crying on stage as pro-emission countries blocked the environmental proposals Britain was pushing for…

The shadow minister’s attack is particularly eyebrow-raising given that in 2008 Gordon Brown didn’t attend COP14, instead sending one Ed Miliband to stand in for him. That was certainly “abdicating leadership”…

In fact, Guido’s analysis of whether PMs attended the climate summits shows that Tony Blair didn’t attend a single one. Gordon Brown attended once in 2009, David Cameron attended in 2015 and Boris Johnson attended in 2021. Labour PMs have skipped 12 out of 13 summits – 2:1 to the Tories…

  • 2021 COP26 – Boris Johnson, Prime Minister 
  • 2019 COP25 – Lord Ian Duncan, BEIS Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change
  • 2018 COP24 – Claire Perry, BEIS Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth
  • 2017 COP23 –  Thérèse Coffey, DEFRA Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment
  • 2016 COP22 – Nicholas Hurd, BEIS Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry
  • 2015 COP21 – David Cameron, Prime Minister 
  • 2014 COP20 – Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • 2013 COP19 – Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • 2012 COP18 – Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • 2011 COP17 – Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • 2010 COP16 – Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • 2009 COP15 – Gordon Brown, Prime Minister 
  • 2008 COP14 – Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 
  • 2007 COP13 – Hilary Benn, DEFRA Secretary of State
  • 2006 COP12 – David Miliband, DEFRA Secretary of State
  • 2005 COP11 – Margaret Beckett, DEFRA Secretary of State
  • 2004 COP10 – Margaret Beckett, DEFRA Secretary of State
  • 2003 COP9 – Margaret Beckett, DEFRA Secretary of State
  • 2002 COP8 – Margaret Beckett, DEFRA Secretary of State
  • 2001 COP7 – Margaret Beckett, DEFRA Secretary of State
  • 2000 COP6 – Margaret Beckett, DEFRA Secretary of State
  • 1999 COP5 – John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister
  • 1998 COP4 – John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister
  • 1997 COP3 – John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister
  • 1996 COP2 – John Gummer, Environment Secretary
  • 1995 COP1 – UK did not attend

Guido reckons Zoom will be perfectly adequate for the UK to get its point across this time around…

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